Kings Island’s new coaster taking shape

Construction on the new Mystic Timbers roller coaster at Kings Island. CONTRIBUTED

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Construction on the new Mystic Timbers roller coaster at Kings Island. CONTRIBUTED

One of 16 hills featured on Kings Island's new wooden roller coaster is taking shape, according to new photos of the project released by the Mason amusement park.

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Take a virtual ride on King's Island's 'Mystic Timbers'

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MORE: Take a virtual ride on Mystic TimbersWork on the new ride — called Mystic Timbers — began in late summer and will continue through the off-season. The ride will make its debut in the spring of 2017.

Mystic Timbers is a custom-designed ride built for Kings Island by Great Coasters International, which most recently designed the new Thunderhead roller coaster at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

The new ride — Kings Island’s 16th roller coaster — will be 3,265 feet long, reach 109 feet in height and weave its way along steep cliffs, down ravines, cross over water and go through an extreme S-turn, among a densely wooded area at speeds of up to 53 mph.

It will feature 16 airtime hills, a mid-course tunnel and interact with parts of the Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad and White Water Canyon attractions.

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MYSTIC TIMBERS: BY THE NUMBERS

3,265 feet long

109 feet: maximum height

53 mph: maximum speed

1,200: capacity of rider per hour

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